Mauritius on Friday received a donation of 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccine from India that will be used to vaccinate a first group of 50,000 front-liners, PANA reported from Port-Louis, the capital.
Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth was at the airport to receive the vaccines that came on board an Air Mauritius flight from India.
He said that the vaccination campaign that will begin shortly will allow a review of the conditions of entry of passengers in the island-nation and the tourism sector to restart.
“The objective is to vaccinate more than 60% of the population in order to achieve collective immunity in the country,” he indicated.
According to him, Mauritius guarantees the vaccination of 20% of its population with the vaccines that will be obtained under the Covax programme. “We have also contacted major vaccine manufacturers, Pfizer BioNtech, Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson to take the vaccination programme further ahead”, he added.
Meanwhile, a National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccines has been set up in Mauritius. The Plan highlights the regulatory preparedness, the planning and coordination of the introduction of the vaccine, its supply chain management, service delivery and healthcare waste management and includes human resources management and training.
At its weekly meeting on Friday, the Cabinet took note of the alarming situation of the COVID-19 pandemic prevailing across the world and the spread of the new variants of the virus.
It said in a communiqué that with regard to Mauritius, no local case has been recorded since 26 November 2020. As at 22 January 2021, 556 cases of COVID-19 had been registered. There were currently 22 active imported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius. (PANA/NAN)